Great Guided Spring Hikes in Fairfield County

Great Places for Family Hikes in Fairfield County

Now it's spring, and even though it's a delightful time to explore some of Fairfield County's fabulous parks and nature spaces, my kids seem to need a little convincing to leave the house.

But it turns out that a guided hike is just the ticket. It gives us an agenda and a goal, but someone besides me does all the planning. All we need to do is show up (and, in some cases, preregister). You can go for a stroll with the family pooch or look for amphibians in a vernal pool. We've rounded up  some fun-filled family hikes in Fairfield County, many of which are FREE. For more ways to enjoy the springtime check out our CT Spring Fun Guide.

1. CT Trails Day Hike 

Enjoy a family hike at Trumbull Nature and Art Center. 

2. Sunday Explorers 

Drop by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center on Sunday afternoons for a hike on their well groomed tails, as well as self-guided crafts and other activities. Check website to confirm dates.

3. CancerCare Walk/Run for Hope

The picturesque Greenwich Point Park is the setting for this fundraising event celebrates survivors and supports those facing cancer. There is a kids' fun run in addition to the 5K Walk/Run.

4. Bird Watch at Greenwich Point Park 

Bring binoculars and weather-appropriate gear to explore the birds of Greenwich Point Park with an educator from the Bruce Museum. Free until Memorial Day, when a residential parking pass is required. 

5. Spring Peepers Night Hike 
New Canaan

Explore the New Canaan Nature Center’s vernal pools and ponds to listen for the peeps & croaks of frogs and other amphibians. Preregistration is required. 

6. Earth Day at Woodcock Nature Center 2017

The Woodcock Nature Center will celebrate Earth Day with a variety of hikes, including a birding hike, a woodland hike, and even a Sr. Seuss Stroll (that includes a story). Free, but preregistration is required. 

7. Green Day at Earthplace

Explore the two miles of trails at Earthplace, where you celebrate Green Day with a series of science and nature themed stations throughout the sanctuary. There will be stations dedicated to amphibians, insects, reptiles, mammals, and more. 

Photo: Courtesy of Wikimedia

Originally published in 2015.


Greenwich Point Park
Tod's Driftway
06830 Greenwich , CT 41° 0' 20.1708" N, 73° 34' 27.0696" W
Stamford Museum and Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Rd
06903 Stamford , CT 41° 7' 33.9636" N, 73° 32' 43.854" W
Connecticut Audubon Society, Center at Fairfield
2325 Burr Street
06824 Fairfield , CT 41° 12' 4.1472" N, 73° 17' 30.8796" W
Greenwich Audubon
613 Riversville Road
Greenwich , CT 41° 5' 49.2" N, 73° 41' 16.4256" W
New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge
06840 New Canaan , CT 41° 9' 11.9088" N, 73° 29' 57.3468" W
Woodcock Nature Center
54 Deer Run Rd
06897 Wilton , CT
Phone: (203) 762-7280
41° 14' 49.128" N, 73° 28' 25.2048" W
Trumbull Nature and Art Center
7115 Main St,
06611 Trumbull , CT
Phone: (203) 452-4421
41° 17' 36.6324" N, 73° 14' 39.5736" W
Mill River Park
1010 Washington Blvd
06901 Stamford , CT
Phone: (203) 989-0321
41° 3' 10.5912" N, 73° 32' 35.3796" W
10 Woodside Ln
06880 Westport , CT
Phone: (203) 227-7253
41° 8' 43.7028" N, 73° 22' 51.4524" W
Stratford Point Park
1207 Prospect Dr
06615 Stratford , CT 41° 9' 8.8776" N, 73° 6' 15.6024" W